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Simon & Schuster makes Buy It Now optional

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Simon & Schuster has been a conspicuous early mover in ebook lending programs through U.S. library networks. However, it also has tried to lever the initiative by insisting on a “Buy It Now” button for borrowed ebooks, to drive borrowers to actually buy the books they have virtually taken [...]

ALA finds 90 percent of U.S. libraries now lend ebooks

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

New data shared by the American Library Association confirms that “90 percent of libraries lend e-books, up from 76 percent in 2012.” The study, ALA’s Digital Inclusion Survey, which “collected data from a nationally representative sample of public libraries at the [...]

Survey: Library Borrowers Buy Books Too!

By libertyc
November 15, 2012 // 3 Comments

Multiple sources are reporting today on this newly released survey (PDF) on the buying habits of library e-book borrowers. The survey questioned over 75,000 e-book borrowers, and found that more than half of them buy books, too. It also found that dedicated reading devices still account for a [...]

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